(Toronto, Ont.) In June 2014, Canada will host the largest women’s world wheelchair basketball championship in history, which will be made possible through the efforts of a large group of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers supporting all facets of the event. Organizers of the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship (2014 WWWBC) are now seeking individuals who can assist with the day-to-day execution of the world-class sporting event at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto from June 17-29, 2014.
The event, which features the top twelve women’s wheelchair basketball teams from around the world, will require up to 250 volunteers and the organizing committee is calling on local residents to get involved. They will be able to identify their preferred positions within one of several key areas: Tournament Operations, Sport Technical, Marketing & Communications, Protocol & Ceremonies, and Legacy.
“WE MAKE A LIVING BY WHAT WE GET, WE MAKE A LIFE BY WHAT WE GIVE” – Sir Winston Churchill
The experience will provide volunteers with an opportunity for personal growth and professional development, networking, and social interaction with key stakeholders within the international sport community. The Mattamy Athletic Centre will also be the home of wheelchair basketball during the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.
All volunteers will receive an event t-shirt, healthy snacks and beverages during their shifts, and will witness firsthand the athleticism of the most talented female wheelchair basketball players in the world. Volunteers will also receive a complimentary pass to attend all round robin games during the tournament.
“This is the sort of event that everyone from students to seniors can participate in,” said Tournament Director Wendy Gittens. “You don’t even have to know anything about wheelchair basketball. If you’ve got enthusiasm and a willingness to help our athletes have a world-class experience, we can find a place for you.”
Interested individuals can apply online to volunteer for the event through the official tournament website at www.2014wheelchairbasketball.com.
To volunteer for the 2014 WWWBC, individuals must meet the following criteria:
- All individuals must be 16 years of age or older to volunteer;
- All individuals must adhere to the [Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s Code of Conduct and Ethics Policy];
- All individuals must sign a waiver form prior to volunteering for the event;
- All individuals must complete established screening requirements prior to volunteering for the event;
- All individuals must attend a training session prior to the event;
- All individuals must commit to volunteer for a minimum of four shifts.
About the Event
Over 400 athletes, coaches, officials, delegates, and volunteers will attend the 2014 WWWBC that features 12 participating countries. Canadians can catch a sneak peek at the top 12 female wheelchair basketball players in Canada, including emerging local talent and highly decorated stars, preparing to compete in one of the most fiercely competitive and exciting spectator sports to be played at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
About Team Canada
Team Canada is in pursuit of an unprecedented seventh straight podium performance, remarkably, having medalled at every single world championship including the capture of four consecutive gold medals (1994, 1998, 2002, and 2006), and bronze medals in 1990 and 2010.
About the Host
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the host of the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship. The event marks Canada’s fourth opportunity to host a landmark international wheelchair basketball championship – having previously hosted the Men’s World Championship in 1994, the inaugural U23 Men’s World Championships in 1997, and the first-ever U25 Women’s World Championships in 2011.